29 episodes

Join host Reiman (Spencer) Bledsoe as he dives into real stories of mental disorder to overcome stigma, redeem perceptions, and start a conversation.

Redeeming Disorder Reiman Bledsoe

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 66 Ratings

Join host Reiman (Spencer) Bledsoe as he dives into real stories of mental disorder to overcome stigma, redeem perceptions, and start a conversation.

    #29: Learning about Ourselves through Others — Nate Schorr

    #29: Learning about Ourselves through Others — Nate Schorr

    Episode Notes
    I met Nate Schorr right after Redeeming Disorder’s first episode; he reached out after hearing me on RHAP (Rob Has a Podcast) because, for him, it was something like two worlds colliding — he was a Survivor fan who also happened to work for one the largest grassroots mental health organization in the world: NAMI. NAMI stands for the “National Alliance on Mental Illness,” and Nate worked specifically at NAMI Wisconsin, finding himself quickly moved by stories of mental health challenges and journeys. It was through those stories that he came to better understand his own mental health, and through that work that he came to have the thoughtful and knowledgeable perspective he shares today on the podcast.
     
    We touch on the politics of mental health — recent legislation like mental health parity, programs like crisis intervention training, contemporary discussions of gun violence and mental health — as well as the importance of open-mindedness and the ethos of the Socratic Paradox, “I know that I know nothing.”

    NAMI Website: https://www.nami.org/ 
    The Socratic Paradox Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_know_that_I_know_nothing

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    #28: Back to Where it Began — Laura Bocianski

    #28: Back to Where it Began — Laura Bocianski

    Episode Notes
    Laura Bocianski was my co-host at the start of Redeeming Disorder, and in this 2018 conversation, she returns to the podcast to share her story in greater depth. Be sure to check out Laura's brand new podcast, Invisible Lions!

    Invisible Lions Podcast: https://www.lauraboach.com/invisible-lions-podcast

    "Monkeys Pay Per View" Research Paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S096098220500093X

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    #27: The Blessing and the Curse of Empathy — “Olivia” (Anonymous)

    #27: The Blessing and the Curse of Empathy — “Olivia” (Anonymous)

    Episode Notes
    Olivia joins me on the podcast to combine two powerful perspectives ― that of a psychiatric nurse, and that of a young woman who's seen mental disorder around her since childhood. She speaks to the struggles of her patients, of her family and of herself, and covers a multitude of topics: Mental health in the LGBTQ community, media depictions of mental illness, self-harm, attempted suicide and, per the podcast's title, empathy.

    Empathy is both Olivia's superpower and her kryptonite, allowing her to easily connect with psychiatric patients, but also saddling her with a great emotional burden when she does so. Listen to hear how Olivia strives to overcome the curse of empathy while paying the blessing of empathy forward.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    #26: Healing from Self-Harm & Putting Your Own Oxygen Mask on First — Lauren Schugg

    #26: Healing from Self-Harm & Putting Your Own Oxygen Mask on First — Lauren Schugg

    Episode Notes
    Since even before her 2016 TED talk (link below), Lauren has been on a journey of self-discovery, awareness and acceptance. She has built a resilience and introspection through struggles with self-harm as a teenager and with her mental health in general. She's gained a lot of perspective through the difficulty, and now shares her journey ― relives many of her past pains ― with the intention to help whoever needs to hear it. May this conversation serve as a reminder that you aren't alone, and things can always get better.

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    Death Wish of a 12-Year-Old | Lauren Schugg | TEDxBaldwinHighSchool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5M1yK3F0-s

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    #25: The Many Modalities of Healing — Eric Kussin

    #25: The Many Modalities of Healing — Eric Kussin

    Episode Notes
    “I’m not against medication; I’m against medication being positioned as a commercial where there’s a dark cloud over you, you take a pill, and then the sunlight comes out and it’s this miracle pill. Because of those commercials, I spent two and a half years lying in a bed. I wasted two and a half years of my life in hell, chasing a new pill.” – Eric Kussin

    He tried over fifty different combinations of medications. He tried electric shock therapy / ECT, which I didn’t even realize still occurred in hospitals in 2018 (when we did this interview). He tried everything, until he was explicitly told by a psychiatrist that there were no more options. Luckily, Eric eventually found an integrative psychologist, more tools and many practices that have saved his mental health. He recovered from the depths of despair, and now leads a prominent mental health advocacy movement, sharing stories (like his own!) of hope.

    The #SameHere movement brings athletes, celebrities and experts together to share the inclusive message that #5in5 have mental health challenges of some sort. Learn more about the movement and find mental health resources shared by Eric's organization, We’re All A Little “Crazy,” here: https://samehereglobal.org/.

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    • 2 hr 8 min
    #24: Disorders, Diagnoses, Comorbidity and Identity — Lindsay Bebout

    #24: Disorders, Diagnoses, Comorbidity and Identity — Lindsay Bebout

    Episode Notes
    Lindsay Bebout has been navigating identity, amidst mental disorders and diagnoses, from a young age. Her parents divorced when she was eight, and the mental health journey that followed saw her go to therapy (by force as a child and by choice as an adult) and contend with many labels: Impulsivity, hyperactivity, ADHD, anxiety, panic attacks, mood swings, bipolar disorder and more. Lindsay is as open as a book in delving into her journey with those, her evolution in self-understanding and her continued efforts to support her mental health.

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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Swagattack15 ,

Amazing, Relatable, Informational

My name is also Spencer and listening to the first episode today, I’ve found it very relatable. We’ve had the same upbringing almost to a tee and I really enjoy his insight on these topics. It is hard for someone like me to find people that share my personality traits. Great podcast!

davecn91 ,

Great Pod

Touches on so many important topics that are more relevant than ever in today’s world. Great guests as well!

cali_ko ,

Subscribe now! You won’t regret it

Redeeming Disorder is fantastic in so many ways. You get vulnerable conversations from real people who are doing the world so much good by sharing their stories. This podcast is such a tremendous reminder that we are all dealing with hardships in different ways and that taking the time to openly talk about them can bring us immensely closer. Thank you, Reiman! Keep up the great work! :)

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